Jeff Capel Hired As Pitt Men's Basketball Head Coach

The Duke Associate Head Coach Is Expected To Get A Seven-Year Deal

Eric Hagman
March 27, 2018 - 12:40 pm
Jeff Capel

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel  is the choice to lead the Pitt men’s basketball program. Pitt made the announcement official Tuesday afternoon.

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke said in a statement: “Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and a strong track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring high-quality student-athletes.”

The 43-year-old Capel has extensive head coaching experience: four years at VCU followed by five at Oklahoma from 2002-2001. The Sooners went to the Elite Eight in 2009, but Capel was fired two years later after going 14-18.

Capel said in the statement: "I am honored to be named the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball program," said Capel. "Pitt has a great tradition of success and I look forward to putting together a staff and team that will enable us to build on that tradition. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I know Pittsburgh as the 'City of Champions' and our goal from day one will be to recruit, coach and develop champions on the court, in the classroom and in the community."

93.7 The Fan's Paul Zeise says Capel is expected to be introduced at news conference tomorrow.

Stay with 93.7 The Fan as more details become available.